The Australian workplace is changing more rapidly than ever before, driven by a combination of elements that enable a smarter, faster, and more powerful future. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is one such foundation, with digital technology transforming once time-consuming and manual tasks into speedy, safe, and efficient processes that need little to no human input. 

This projection of the future often generates scrutiny and uncertainty, and while our own research shows that 73% of Australian jobs are likely to be substantially impacted by automation and AI by 2035, the future of Australians in the workplace is certainly not discouraging. 

The big research questions that still remain about this technology will be addressed at D61+ LIVE’s  Artificial Intelligence research session on Day 1 by Dr Cheng Soon Ong, Data61’s Principal Research Scientist of the Machine Learning Research Group. An expert on the topic of AI, Dr. Ong will delve into the latest developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning before deciphering what the future has in store. 

How we develop and deploy AI technologies will critically shape our world, with Day 2’s Winning the AI Race panel examining the ethics and opportunities (all $13 trillion) behind artificial intelligence, and the questions we need to be asking ourselves as a society. 

These questions will be conveyed during the Gradient Institute’s Building Ethical AI Systems masterclass on Day 2. While AI systems have the potential to make more accurate decisions at a far greater scale than humans, if improperly designed or used, the technology runs the risk hindering society rather than helping it. So how can we ensure AI improves the lives of people? 

Finally, across the the D61+ LIVE exhibition floor you’ll see examples of AI research in action including AI for Health which applies modern sophisticated algorithms to achieve rapid and accurate interpretation of medical images and Transport Analytics for advancements in the smart planning, implementation and management of future transport and infrastructure.

Remember to register for D61+ LIVE 2019, 2-3 October at Carriageworks, Sydney. If you’re already saved yourself a seat, share it with your network on LinkedIn and Twitter.